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Acupuncture Review

Fung-Kei Cheng
Thyroid dysfunction, affecting people of all ages, not only damages human growth and energy metabolism but is also comorbid with other illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and gastrointestinal disorders. With the increasing acceptance of alternative and complementary therapies, acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medical practice, has also been employed to address this problem. Analysing 29 clinical projects that were retrieved from 29 major digital databases and include 1757 patients aged 7-79 years from China, Italy, Korea, Macedonia and Russia, this narrative review offers an overview of the efficacy, and evaluated the safe and cost-effective use of acupuncture against hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and thyroid-relevant illnesses...
October 6, 2018: Journal of Integrative Medicine
Alexis Ramos, José Domínguez, Soledad Gutiérrez
INTRODUCTION: Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common inflammatory arthritis worldwide. Chronic pain leads patients to use complementary therapies, including acupuncture. METHODS: To answer this question we used Epistemonikos, the largest database of systematic reviews in health, which is maintained by screening multiple information sources, including MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane, among others. We extracted data from the systematic reviews, reanalyzed data of primary studies, conducted a meta-analysis and generated a summary of findings table using the GRADE approach...
October 10, 2018: Medwave
Toshihiko Tomita, Tadayuki Oshima, Hiroto Miwa
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this article is to review the recent literature and discuss the new approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of functional dyspepsia (FD). RECENT FINDINGS: According to the recent American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) guideline for dyspepsia, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) eradication is recommended as a first treatment option, and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), tricyclic antidepressants, and prokinetics are listed as second-line therapy...
October 18, 2018: Current Gastroenterology Reports
Weipeng Sun, Minying Li, Tong Lin, Zhizhong Sun, Yizi Xie, Shuliang Ji, Jietao Lin, Lin Wang, Chao Jia, Liang Zheng, Wei Wu, Danghan Xu
BACKGROUND: Vascular dementia (VD) is a commonly-seen disease in the elderly. What is more, "Acupuncture at 3-points for intelligence" is one of the most important components of "Jin's three-needle therapy" created by Rui Jin, a professor of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, which can be used in the VD patients. In this article, researchers will assess the clinical efficacy and safety of acupuncture at 3-points for intelligence in the treatment of VD. METHODS: A systematic literature search for articles up to September 2018 will be conducted using 9 databases: PubMed, Cochrane Library, Embase, CNKI, CBM, VIP, Wanfang database, OASIS, and CiNii...
October 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Jin Xi, Hao Chen, Zhi-Hang Peng, Zong-Xiang Tang, Xiang Song, You-Bing Xia
Objectives: To conclude the evidence from systematic reviews (SRs) and meta-analyses assessing the effectiveness of acupuncture to treat couples with subfertility undergoing ART. Methods: We searched the major databases from their inception to March 2018: PubMed, Embase, The Cochrane Library, China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Wanfang Database, Chongqing VIP, and Sino-Med (the Chinese database). The primary outcomes of the overview were live birth and clinical pregnancy, and secondary outcomes were ongoing pregnancy, miscarriage, and adverse events...
2018: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Ava Lorenc, Gene Feder, Hugh MacPherson, Paul Little, Stewart W Mercer, Deborah Sharp
OBJECTIVE: To identify potentially effective complementary approaches for musculoskeletal (MSK)-mental health (MH) comorbidity, by synthesising evidence on effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and safety from systematic reviews (SRs). DESIGN: Scoping review of SRs. METHODS: We searched literature databases, registries and reference lists, and contacted key authors and professional organisations to identify SRs of randomised controlled trials for complementary medicine for MSK or MH...
October 15, 2018: BMJ Open
Seunghoon Lee, Dae-Hyun Jo, Kun Hyung Kim
BACKGROUND: This review aims to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture treatment for patients with whiplash-associated disorder (WAD). METHODS: We will search the following databases from their inception to October 2018: MEDLINE, Embase, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, the Allied and Complementary Medicine Database, 1 Chinese database (China National Knowledge Infrastructure), 1 Japanese database (Japan Science and Technology Information Aggregator, Electronic), and 5 Korean databases (KoreaMed, Research Information Service System, Korean Studies Information Service System, Database Periodical Information Academic, and Oriental Medicine Advanced Searching Integrated System)...
October 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Annie T Chen, Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Ronald W Buie, Albert Park, Mike Conway
BACKGROUND: In recent years, there has been an increase in the utilization of complementary and integrative health (CIH) care, and an increase in information-seeking behavior focused on CIH. Thus, understanding the quality of CIH information that is available on the internet is imperative. Although there have been a limited number of studies evaluating the quality of websites providing information about specific CIH-related topics, a broad evaluation of CIH websites has not been conducted...
October 10, 2018: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
Wei Xiong, Fang-Fang He, Ren-Yu You, Jing Xiong, Yu-Mei Wang, Chun Zhang, Xian-Fang Meng, Hua Su
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an increasing major public health problem worldwide. The number of CKD patients on hemodialysis is growing rapidly as well. Acupuncture technique is one of the traditional Chinese medicine methods and has been used in a variety of diseases. Nowadays, the clinical application of acupuncture technique for CKD patients has become the focus for its effectiveness and security. In this paper, we will review the therapeutic effects and mechanisms of different acupuncture techniques for CKD patients...
2018: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
Katherine R Miller, Jai N Patel, James T Symanowski, Connie A Edelen, Declan Walsh
OBJECTIVE: Studies suggest acupuncture improves cancer-related symptoms; however, it is unclear whether patient characteristics predict pain response. This study determined acupuncture's effect on cancer-related pain and identified variables associated with pain response. METHODS: A retrospective chart review included adult patients with cancer referred to palliative medicine and received acupuncture for pain management. Paired t tests compared differences in pain scores from pre- to postacupuncture...
October 4, 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
Li Tang, Pengli Jia, Ling Zhao, Deying Kang, Yanan Luo, Jiali Liu, Ling Li, Hui Zheng, Ying Li, Ning Li, Gordon Guyatt, Xin Sun
INTRODUCTION: There is a lack of curative medical treatment for patients with knee osteoarthritis (KOA). Acupuncture represents an important alternative therapy. According to the theory of traditional Chinese medicine and preliminary clinical evidence, the patients' acupoints and tender points may become sensitised when the body suffers from a disease state; stimulation of such sensitive points could lead to a disease improvement. It is thus hypothesised that acupuncture at highly sensitised points on patients with KOA would achieve better treatment outcomes than acupuncture at low/non-sensitised points...
October 2, 2018: BMJ Open
Tonya M Pan, Maria Kryza-Lacombe, Jeffrey Burkeen, Jona Hattangadi-Gluth, Vanessa L Malcarne, Carrie R McDonald
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this systematic review were to: (1) identify supportive-care (psychosocial/behavioral, pharmacological, complementary or alternative) interventions that have been evaluated via randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to improve patient-reported health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among adults with brain tumors; (2) evaluate the quality of the intervention studies; and (3) evaluate if developed interventions have been efficacious at improving HRQoL, as compared to control conditions in RCTs...
October 2, 2018: Psycho-oncology
Dawson Church, Peta Stapleton, Amy Yang, Fred Gallo
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFTs) combine elements of cognitive restructuring and exposure techniques with acupoint stimulation. Meta-analyses indicate large effect sizes for posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety; however, treatment effects may be due to components EFT shares with other therapies. This analysis reviewed whether EFTs acupressure component was an active ingredient. Six studies of adults with diagnosed or self-identified psychological or physical symptoms were compared (n = 403), and three (n = 102) were identified...
October 2018: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Chan-Young Kwon, Boram Lee
Background: Nakchim is a kind of neck pain syndrome that causes neck pain and stiffness without obvious trauma in East Asian traditional medicine. We aimed to summarize and critically evaluate the evidence regarding the efficacy and safety of acupressure on nakchim. Methods: We searched eight databases for studies published up to August 29, 2017. Clinical studies evaluating the efficacy of acupressure on nakchim were included. The acupressure methods of included studies were divided into proximal acupressure performed on acupuncture points located in neck and shoulder, and distal acupressure performed on acupuncture points located in other areas...
September 2018: Integrative Medicine Research
Kannan Sridharan, Gowri Sivaramakrishnan
INTRODUCTION: Several drugs were explored for their utility in treating nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP). The present study is a network meta-analysis of such drugs. METHODS: Electronic databases were searched for randomized clinical trials that have compared active interventions (with placebo or other active interventions) for treating NVP. Nausea scores were the primary outcome and changes in nausea scores, emetic episodes, adverse events, and vomiting control were the key secondary outcomes...
September 27, 2018: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
Jixin Liu, Junya Mu, Tao Chen, Ming Zhang, Jie Tian
To investigate whether interindividual variability of white matter (WM) tract microstructure of the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC)-amygdala circuit could predict 8-week placebo treatment outcomes in patients with migraine without aura (MO) using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) with a tractography atlas-based analysis algorithm and a linear support vector machine algorithm. This study received institutional review board approval, and all subjects gave informed consent. One hundred and twenty-four MO had an 8-week sham acupuncture treatment...
September 5, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
Xiao-Peng Wang, Duo-Jun Zhang, Xiao-Dong Wei, Jian-Ping Wang, Dong-Zhi Zhang
Objective: To critically assess the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for treating hot flashes (HFs) among breast cancer (BC) patients, and to get much more highly compelling evidence then to guide clinical practice. Methods: Comprehensive systematic literature searches were carried out for identifying randomized controlled trials and observational studies (OSs) published before January 2015. The meta-analysis (MA) was performed by Review Manager 5 software if data could be merged routinely, if not descriptions would be given...
September 2018: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
Jon Adams, Michael Lee, Wenbo Peng
BACKGROUND: Despite a lack of evidence of clinical efficacy for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), these medicines remain popular around the world. OBJECTIVE: To examine the prevalence and cost of CAM use in ALS and CAM users' profile, decision-making, information seeking, and disclosure among ALS patients. METHODS: A comprehensive literature search was conducted of MEDLINE, CINAHL/SCOPUS, and AMED databases from their inception to April 2018...
September 24, 2018: Neuro-degenerative Diseases
Dawn Lemanne, Victoria Maizes
A majority of women undergoing conventional treatment for breast cancer also undertake complementary and integrative approaches. Practitioners knowledgeable about the evidence base behind common integrative approaches can help patients attain improved quality of life, and at times, improved survival. Evidence-based recommendations include the following: a plant-based diet for general health after diagnosis, and carbohydrate restriction for patients with estrogen receptor-positive postmenopausal breast cancer may be prudent...
September 2018: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
Moshe Frenkel, Robert Slater, Kenneth Sapire, Victor Sierpina
Lung cancer represents 13% of all cancers, making it the second most common type of malignancy in the United States. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States and accounts for nearly 18% of all deaths from cancer. Because of its high mortality rate, lung cancer is associated with an increased rate of distress. Patients use various strategies to cope with this distress during and after cancer treatments, and complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) has become a common coping strategy...
September 2018: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
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